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Old 04-01-2020, 07:19 PM #16
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Yea i got the 50L for 300$. the 40L was only 260$ and I think the 30L was around 220-240$ so not a bad deal. It says its compressor based and can be used as a freezer. We just hooked it up today to a wall outlet to see if it actually cools down pretty low or not. How did you go about making your own portable and what is the cost comparison to buying a premade one like a Goal Zero or Jackery?
That's really inexpensive... I think I am going to go buy the 30L just to have a smaller option. Right now my ARB is on overflow duty holding frozen meat in the house because of current events.

My portable setup is equivalent capacity to a Goal Zero Yeti 1000 and probably cost me about $200 to make.

I cobbled it together using recycled lithium batteries and an assortment of parts I found to use useful for the setup.

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When I had the original starter battery I went the Goal Zero Yeti 400 lithium route, I could get about 18 hours of run time once the car turned off and would charge the goal zero when driving with the inverter in the back. I then upgraded to a GZ Yeti 1400 for longer camping trips, could get about 4-5 days. When my starter battery finally bit the dust I switched to a deep cycle stock size agm battery (X2 from batteries plus bulbs). Once switching I ran the ARB wiring from the battery to the back. I can get about 2 nights off of it that way.

For the OP, from my experience I would use the OEM battery with ARB harness until your battery needs replacing (but invest in a good jumper pack). I love my GZ products. I prefer them to a dual battery just because of the interchangeability (I can run the fridge and have reserve power in any vehicle) and flexibility of them. I still bring them for redundancy on longer camping trips and as backup power for our trailer (as well as hurricane preparedness here in Florida). Wiring straight from the battery makes putting the fridge in as easy as loading a cooler. If you donít spend extended time off-grid it will be the most cost effective and user friendly way of setting it up.
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I use a Jackery 500 to power my Dometic fridge and just charge the Jackery with the 12 volt outlet in the back. That way, no need to install a 2nd battery or run a new cable to the back from your existing battery. When Iím camping, I charge the Jackery with a 100 watt solar panel.
Which fridge do you have and what is his power consumption?

Will you be able to have enough power if you are 6-7 days stopped when the jackery 500 and solar panel recharging it all day, every day?

I want to be able to run a 65L fridge (Rated 14.9AH/24 hours / 2.7A Avg. running current) for 7 days without the truck running.
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Instead of a jackery (or GZ/rockpals/whatever), if you have a 100W solar panel just replace the starting battery with a larger AGM and you should be able to run the fridge for days, almost indefinitely if weather cooperates.

My 40L fridge runs over 2 days with just the single AGM battery, with the 100W panel it can run almost indefinitely if sunny, and multiple days if overcast.

This is with the fridge on the highest shutoff voltage, if I change it to the medium setting it would last even longer (I prefer not to cycle the battery though if I dont have a specific need to)

The price of a goal zero could get you a good quality AGM and solar panel setup
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Which fridge do you have and what is his power consumption?

Will you be able to have enough power if you are 6-7 days stopped when the jackery 500 and solar panel recharging it all day, every day?

I want to be able to run a 65L fridge (Rated 14.9AH/24 hours / 2.7A Avg. running current) for 7 days without the truck running.
I have the newest model Dometic CFX3 35. I havenít had it out on an extended trip yet, but have tested it in my driveway (when sunny...not always going to be though, obviously) and it looks like it will keep up.
Planning on a trip in July, so Iíll be able to test it in real world conditions then.
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Iím a real estate photographer and videographer working mostly out if my vehicle. I use the goal zero products and love them. My most recent GZ purchase was the yeti 200x. Itís the perfect size to sit right behind the wheel well of the 4Runner (against the subwoofer enclosure) and can charge 2 drone batteries, drone remote, camera battery, and strobe battery all at the same time. Heck, it even charges big V mount batteries for my hot lights and cine cam. Best part is that when I want to dump a mini mag to the laptop or do some editing away from the truck, its easy to grab as it only weighs a few pounds. I mounted a 100watt GZ panel on the roof that keeps the 200 topped off.

There are those who bash goal zero for being expensive, and I get it, but Iíve also had competing products that arenít nearly as solidly built or feature rich. You get what you pay for, and since Iím using these products professionally Iíd rather buy something that fits my needs and that I can trust.

Could I build a solution out of some old mobility scooter batteries with nothing more than a beer and a soldering iron?...maybe, but really? Donít start a fire.
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the competing products are as solidly built
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I want to be able to run a 65L fridge (Rated 14.9AH/24 hours / 2.7A Avg. running current) for 7 days without the truck running.
You might want to check your spec sheet and confirm that 14.9Ah isn't at 24 volts because that sounds optimistically low in the power consumption department for 12 volts.

If it is for 24v you will need to double the amp hours for 12v

I have metered the ARB 50 for 24 hours and it uses twice that, and that fridge is already very efficient. (350 watts hours / 24 hours @ 75F ambinet)
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